Severna Park Professional Center
22 Truck House Road, East Wing, Suite 4
Severna Park Professional Center
Severna Park, MD 21146
1-855-862-5472

Crofton Office
1667 Crofton Centre, Suite 2
Crofton Medical & Professional Bldg.
Crofton, MD 21114
1-855-862-5472

Edgewater Office
3059 Solomons Island Road, Suite C
South River Crossing
Edgewater, MD 21037
1-855-862-5472

Types of Appliances

girl smiling and wearing braces

elastics (rubber bands)

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth (your bite). Please wear your rubber bands as instructed and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they're worn as prescribed.


headgear

Headgear

Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an overbite, with the upper jaw forward of the lower jaw, or an "underbite" with the lower jaw forward of the upper jaw. Headgear gently "pulls" on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.


herbst appliance

Herbst Appliance

The Herbst appliance reduces overjet by shifting the lower jaw forward. This fixed appliance is used with growing children and is worn for about 12 months.


palatal expander

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander widens your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for six additional months to solidify the expansion and to prevent relapse.


positioner

Positioners

Positioners complete the final tooth movements in your orthodontic treatment. With your full cooperation, you should only need to wear the positioner appliance for 4-8 weeks.


retainers

Retainers

Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, corrected positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent relapse of your treatment.

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separator

Separators or Spacers

Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.

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